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Toyota reveals new 340hp Supra

Wednesday, 23rd January, 2019 4:28pm

The all-new Toyota GR Supra, the fifth generation of Toyota’s legendary sports car and the first global GR model to be produced by Toyota Gazoo Racing, has made its global debut at the Detroit Motor Show.

The 3.0 litre engine benefits from a twin-scroll turbocharger and produces 340 DIN hp and 500 Nm of torque. Coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission, it is characterised by smooth and powerful acceleration, with large amounts of torque available across the full spectrum of engine speeds.

Toyota Gazoo Racing was instrumental in honing the new sportscar’s performance, working extensively on the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife and surrounding roads in Germany in order to achieve the most agile, stable and rewarding handling. Further extensive testing was carried out on roads around the world.

To be certain that the car delivered on its promise, Toyota President Akio Toyoda put it to the test at the Nürburgring in his role as a master driver before giving it the final green light. New Toyota GR Supra customer deliveries will start from late summer 2019.

Toyota Supra Chief Designer Nobuo Nakamura gave his team a simple brief around the concept of Condensed Extreme, purposely avoiding any emotive words so that they were free to express their vision of a pure and individual sports car in a truly original design.

“With Chief Engineer Tada pursuing driving pleasure, I knew that my mission was to create a design that would be visually and physically exciting to sports car fans,” he said.

“By using a straight-six front engine, rear-wheel drive layout – something rarely seen in today’s cars – I was able to reach something beyond Toyota’s boundaries.”

In the finished design, the Condensed theme is evident in the relationship between the Toyota GR Supra’s large-diameter tyres, short wheelbase and overall length. It’s notable that the wheelbase is in fact shorter than in the GT86 coupe, and the tyres are larger.

Extreme is interpreted in the car’s wide stance, with tight cabin proportions and a broad tread, contributing to a high level of manoeuvrability and stability.

The cockpit is designed to put the driver at the centre of the action and it’s directly influenced by the lay-out found in single-seater race cars. The low, slim horizontal dashboard maximises the forward view through the windscreen, helping the driver place the car with precision in high-speed driving, while the principal controls are tightly grouped for quick and easy operation.

The instrument panel, centre console and door trim combine in a seamless design that gives the cockpit a strong, unified feel. The new Toyota GR Supra’s seats have a racing-influenced design that ensures comfort at all times and excellent support, in particular if the car is being used on-track.

All versions of the Toyota GR Supra sold in Europe will be fitted with an active differential that operates both when accelerating and decelerating and can seamlessly adjust from zero to full, 100 per cent lock, with instant response. A dedicated ECU monitors a wide range of inputs, including steering wheel, throttle and brake pedal operation, engine speed and yaw rate.

There will be 900 new Toyota GR Supra owners in Europe during the first year of the car’s launch and, as the first to reserve this pure new sports car, they will enjoy a number of special benefits.

In recognition of their enthusiasm for the return of the Supra name, they will be given access to an exclusive experience programme and money-can’t-buy rewards in the lead-up to the delivery of their car, from late summer 2019.

The Toyota GR Supra benefits from an all-inclusive specification that extends to high-performance features and systems to help the driver enjoy the car’s full dynamic potential. These include an active differential, adaptive variable suspension, and 19 inch forged alloy wheels with a high-performance brake package.

Other features include dual-zone automatic air conditioning, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, smart entry and push-button start, steering wheel with leather trim and auxiliary switches and a digital combimeter in the driver’s instrument display.

LED technology is used for the adaptive headlights, rear lights and daytime running lights, and the mirrors (door mirrors and rear-view mirror) are all auto-dimming. Further convenience is provided by rain-sensing wipers and a rear-view camera.

The sports seats are power-adjustable (including lumbar support), with integrated heating and memory functions. The infotainment specifications feature a 10 speaker audio system with 8.8 inch display, navigation system with Supra Connect (in applicable markets), Bluetooth and USB port.

Commenting on the Supra, Steve Tormey Chief Executive of Toyota Ireland said: “The Supra is one of the biggest legends and most-loved cars in Toyota history and there is huge excitement in its return. The new Supra has been created with pure performance and driving enjoyment in mind and with a stunning design that builds on previous generations of the car. We are sure that Supra fans will be enthused with the return of the Supra, and that it will help introduce a new generation of fans to the Supra legend.”

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